In a homily at a Mass for the community of St. Catherine’s, Micmac, Nova Scotia, the Archbishop of Halifax, the Most Rev. Austin E. Burke, acknowledged and apologized for the pain caused by residential schools. On February 14, 1993, Archbishop Burke expressed the sorrow to the people of Sacred Heart Church, Millbrook Reservation, NS.
Statement entitled “Towards a New Evangelization: a message by the Permanent Council of the CCCB on the 500th anniversary of the Evangelization of the Americas”.
The Pastoral Committee for the Aboriginals of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Quebec/Assemblée des Évêques catholiques du Québec issued “The First Nations in Quebec: A Pastoral Letter on the Aboriginal Issue/Lettre pastorale sur la situation autochtone: les premières nations au Québec”. It expressed the Bishops’ commitment to the renewal of the First Nations of Quebec and the rest of Canada.
In the wake of the Oka crisis, the Social Affairs Office of the CCCB prepared an information kit for distribution to Catholic dioceses to be used as an educational resource to raise the awareness among Christians about the struggles for Aboriginal rights.
Publication of the book That the World May Believe: The Development of Papal Social Thought on Aboriginal Rights, by Michael Stogre, S.J., a study of the development of the Church’s social teaching on aboriginal rights over the past seven centuries.